Juliet Manalan, who was tapped by the state’s largest public college system as its spokeswoman last fall, is heading back to the state Capitol.

Manalan will become the director of communications for Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman Feb. 21. The president of the Connecticut State College & Universities made the announcement Tuesday in an email to top officials in the college system.

Before joining the college system, Manalan worked in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s communications office. She was named the spokeswoman of the college system after Colleen Flanagan Johnson, who also worked for the governor, stepped down to work for a private company.

Read President Gregory Gray’s letter and Manalan’s letter to her colleagues below:

Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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